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October 2008 4x4 Truck Parts & Accessories - New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2008
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Does your '071/2-and-up Dodge truck have a 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission? Then a larger transmission pan from Mag-Hytec should be considered if your truck sees serious hauling/towing. It comes with a 21/2-quart increased capacity, added strength and rigidity, a heavy-duty gasket, a drilled and tapped hole for a temperature sending unit, stainless steel bolts and washers, and an O-ring-sealed magnetic drain plug.

Information: Mag-Hytec, 818.786.8325 or 877.786.6816,

The Weldcraft Legacy series LS17 air-cooled torch has fingertip switches for amperage adjustment, a knuckle joint at the base of the handle for easy movement, and a soft grip for hours of comfortable welding. It is rated at 150 amps DC and 125 amps AC, at 60 percent duty cycle. Weldcrafts WP-25 is a flexible neck, water-cooled TIG torch and is a pencil-style torch that offers 200-amp capacity. The torch's flexible neck bends in any direction to access hard-to-reach areas.

Information: Weldcraft, 800.752.7620,

Vision-X lighting has its 4500 Series 35 Watt HID light ready for your next night run. The HIDs use a unique 35-watt ballast technology with reduced amperage draw and a reduced startup time, which is especially useful for those running multiple lights. The 4500 lights feature a 5-inch round lens and a reduced mounting depth of 2.41 inches.

Information: Vision X, 800.994.4460,

The Hummer H3 ARB bumper will house a winch, recessed indicators, optional recessed foglamps, Hi-Lift jacking points, driving-light provisions, and twin CB antenna mounting positions, and has the option to reuse the factory tow-shackle recovery points. In addition to the winch bumpers, a rear bumper, roof rack, snorkel, and Old Man Emu suspension system are currently being developed.

Information: ARB, 425.264.1391,

VPI Intakes for Chevy, Ford, and Dodge trucks start with a molded cross-link polyethylene airbox and an air-intake tube designed for maximum horsepower and torque. VPI intakes feature a high-flow washable filter, with a lifetime warranty, an aluminum airbox lid to reduce heat transfer to the intake, and VPI's exclusive "filter viewer" window to view the filter without removing the intake cover.

Information: VPI Intakes, 877.654.8741,

Adjusting the Throttle Valve (TV) cable on a 700-R4 can be complicated. The crew at Bowler Performance Transmission has developed its own kit to help simply bolt on the supplied bracket and carburetor cam assembly, install the Bowler TV cable, then run the accelerator to wide-open throttle and the cable will automatically adjust itself and you're done.

Information: Bowler Performance Transmission, 618.943.4856,

Warn Industries is offering a Hidden Kit winch-mounting system for the '08 Ford Super Duty, allowing users to mount a Warn winch on their vehicle while still maintaining the truck's factory appearance. It accommodates the large-frame Warn winches or short-drum Warn Industrial winches behind the original bumper. The bumper extends out 6 inches more than stock and can be filled in with the Skirting Kit (sold separately). The factory tow hooks will remain intact and functional as well.

Information: Warn Industries, 800.543.9276,

Plus 1 Accessories has a new line of high-performance lightbars for the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Available as either front or rear applications, these bars are manufactured with recessed PIAA 55-watt Xtreme White Plus blue halogen lights, which are rated at a 110-watt output to really light up the night. The 6061-T6 aluminum bars come with four lights, billet-aluminum mounts, all hardware, complete wiring harnesses with relays, and easy installation instructions.

Information: Plus 1 Accessories, 916.797.6042,

Centerforce is offering the new DFX line for the '01-'06 Dodge Ram 5.9L turbodiesel. This latest series of extreme-performance clutches is a direct bolt-in that uses the patented Centrifugal Weight System for increased holding capacity with rpm. The metallic button-style disc has been through constant testing of different friction materials and hub designs to determine the best possible combination.

Information: Centerforce, 928.771.8422,

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